Occupational / Speech Therapy

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists (OTs) work with people of all ages who are facing disability to regain the ability to live as independently and safely as possible.  OTs may see clients with one or more of the following diagnoses:  Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, depression, CVA, generalized weakness after illness or surgery, COPD, joint replacement or back surgery, Parkinson’s disease or other neurological disorders. Primary treatment focuses on improving performance of activities of daily living or self-care such as feeding, dressing, bathing, toileting, home activities or meal preparation.  OTs can provide equipment to assist with activities or offer expertise in modifying the environment to facilitate independence.  Specific treatment may include:

  • Education in adaptive equipment (such as dressing devices, toileting aids, or shower bench)
  • Energy conservation instruction
  • Pressure relief and positioning instruction to prevent pressure sore development
  • Fall prevention education in the home
  • Wheelchair evaluation and mobility training
  • Arm and hand rehabilitation to improve strength, range of motion and dexterity
  • Evaluate cognitive level for safe care of self in the home

Speech Therapy

Community Memorial Hospital offers speech therapy services with the order of a physician.  A Speech-Language Pathologist is trained to assist with disorders affecting a person’s speech, language, cognition, voice and swallowing.  Our speech therapy department is dedicated to assisting clients with rehabilitative or corrective treatment of both language and swallowing deficits.

Occupational & Speech Therapy at CMH are offered in the inpatient (acute care or skilled care) or outpatient settings.